Friday, May 4, 2012


I decided to link up for 5 Minute Friday with Lisa Jo over at The Gypsy Mama. Each Friday she encourages her readers to take a mere 5 minutes and JUST WRITE. She provides the topic each week and the only "rules" are:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
(This is a tough one for me, "Ms. Red Pen"

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
  (Love this part! We can all use a little encouragement and love in the comment section!)

This week the prompt was to write about "Real" here goes...

Real has some of the following meanings:
True, actual, existing or occurring from fact, genuine, authentic...

As I think about those defining words, I can't help but wonder how often I fail to be real. How often am I real with others? How about with myself? I hate to admit that all too, just as I attempt to rid myself of those dark circles under my eyes, so do I apply "concealer" to other aspects of my life.

A simple, "I'm fine," when in reality my heart is broken, my world seems to be spinning out of control, or I just don't feel quite 100%. Would they really care if I told them like it was? Worse yet...what if they think less of me because of my struggles.

It's so much easier to be that pretty little package wrapped tightly with a fancy bow than the overflowing wastebasket...the sunshine and blue skies rather than a thunderstorm.

But what if I chose to see the REALity: we all struggle. What if by being "real" I might not only feel better myself but be an encouragement to another?


  1. Absolutely!! Being real and letting others know we struggle too, I think is the best kind of encouragement to someone else's hurting heart. I think we all long to be 'real,' we just aren't sure how much realness others can handle. So, glad you linked up!

  2. We do try to wrap things up in pretty little packages don't we? I'm the same way. It's hard to be real and open with others. Here's to hoping we figure it out this year.

    Oh, hey, you won the Redeemed code for the mirror. Congratulations! Email me at BethAnn_97 AT hotmail DOT com so I can get you the code. Hope you enjoy it!